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Educational Background

  • B.A., Doane College, 1969
  • M.A., University of Illinois, 1971
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1976


Dr. Aung-Thwin is a Professor of Asian Studies at UH Manoa. His research specializations are on the history of Myanmar, myth and historiography of early Myanmar, the classical states of Southeast Asia.


  • ASAN 491S/620: Making of Modern Myanmar
  • ASAN 491S/620: Asia Through Fiction
  • ASAN 491S/620: Imperialism, Colonialism, and Nationalism in Southeast Asia
  • ASAN 671: The Splendor that was Southeast Asia
  • ASAN 750: Research Seminar on Southeast Asia


  • Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
  • John D. Rockefeller III Fellow
  • Social Science Research Council/American Council of Learned Societies Fellow


Selected Books –

  • Myanmar in the Fifteenth-Century: A Tale of Two Kingdoms (Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 2017).
  • A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times: Traditions and Transformations [with Maitrii Aung-Thwin] (London, Reaktion Books, 2012).
  • New Perspectives in the History and Historiography of Southeast Asia: Continuing Explorations,With Kenneth R. Hall (London, Routledge Press, 2011).
  • The Mists of Ramanna: The Legend that Was Lower Burma(Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 2005).
  • Myth and History in the Historiograpy of Burma: Paradigms, Primary Sources and Prejudices (Ohio University Press, 1998) Choice List of Outstanding Academic Books of 1998
  • Pagan: The Origins of Modern Burma.Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 1985.

Selected Articles –

  • “Spirals in Early Southeast Asian and Burmese History”, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Vol. XXI:4 (Spring 1991), 575-602.
  • “The ‘Classical’ in Southeast Asia: The Present in the Past,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 26, no. 1, (March 1995), pp. 5-91.
  • “The Myth of the ‘Three Shan Brothers’ and the Ava Period in Burmese History,” Journal of Asian Studies, 55, no. 4, November 1996. Pp. 881-901.
  • Hmnannan Mahayazawindawgyi In Making History: A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing,Garland Publishing, 1997.
  • “Parochial Universalism, Democracy Jihad, and the Orientalist Perspective of Burma: The New Evangelism,” Pacific Affairs, vol. 74, no. 4 (Winter 2001-2002), pp. 483-505.
  • Mranma Pran: When Context Encounters Notion,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 39, no. 2 (June 2008), pp. 193-217.
  • “Ava and Pegu: A Tale of Two Kingdoms,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 42, no. 1 (2011), pp. 1-16.
  • “A New/Old Look at ‘Classical’ and ‘Post-Classical’ Southeast Asia,” inNew Perspectives in the History and Historiography of Southeast Asia: Continuing Explorations, edited by Michael Aung-Thwin and Kenneth R. Hall (London, Routledge, 2011), pp. 25-55.
  • “Continuing, Re-emerging, and Emerging Trends in Southeast Asian History, TRaNS: Trans-Regional and –National Studies of Southeast Asia, Cambridge University Press, vol. 1, no. 1 (January 2013), 87-104.
  • “Those Men in Saffron Robes,” Journal of Burma Studies, vol. 17, no. 2 (2013, pp. 243-334).